William Walter Prochnau (born 1937) is an American journalist who began working for Vanity Fair as a contributing editor in 1996.
Before working for Vanity Fair, Prochnau was the Washington-bureau chief for The Seattle Times and also served as a national affairs reporter for The Washington Post. He has reported from Southeast Asia and Vietnam. He made two tours of Vietnam in 1965 and 1967. Prochnau wrote articles which include the profile of Pat Robertson and a report on the kidnapping of multinational businessmen and held for ransom.
Prochnau has had two movies created from the works he has written. His work on the Vietnam War while at the Seattle Times landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.
His Vanity Fair magazine article "Adventures in the Ransom Trade" was inspiration for the 2000 film Proof of Life. His novel Trinity's Child was the basis for 1990's By Dawn's Early Light.
He also wrote Once Upon a Distant War: David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett--Young War Correspondents and Their Early Vietnam Battles.
Awards and honors 
Prochnau won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1988 to research and write about the media as it operated in the Vietnam war and its aftermath.
Prochnau is married to his wife Laura Parker. Together they write collaborative articles for Vanity Fair. They currently reside in Washington, DC. Laura Parker covers aviation for The Washington Post and served as a national correspondent for USA Today for ten years.
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